Manuary 5, 2016
“Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me.” – Elijah – 2 Kings 2:9 (ESV)
When was the last time someone asked you what they could do for you? Maybe it was at the store while you were looking for something. If you’re like me you might have replied, “Oh nothing, I’m just looking around.” We have a tendency to be humble with our requests. And that’s usually good, when we’re making our requests to people. But with God it’s different. People, no matter who they are, have a finite amount of assets. But God is not limited with what He can give. So when Elijah said to Elisha after they had finished their farewell tour and crossed the Jordan river, “Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you.” – 2 King 2:9 (ESV) Elisha knew what to ask. The Bible doesn’t indicate that he hesitated or had to think about it. He just let the words fly out of his mouth. “Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me.” – 2 Kings 2:9 (ESV)
It’s easy to skip over Elisha’s request and not see its significance. Every moment we have the opportunity to request God’s provision in and for our lives. But something makes us afraid. I wonder if God is offended when we treat Him like He’s not much more able than the richest most capable person we know. God is able to give more than we can ever imagine. But God gives with a purpose. His gifts don’t coincide with our desires necessarily. God may not give you a Mercedes, but He will give you life. I don’t know what would have happened in Elisha’s life if he had not made the request that he did. But I can’t help but think that the greatness of his destiny was determined by that request. The Bible records that Elisha went on to do exactly twice the miracles of Elijah.
When Elisha was presented with this question from Elijah, he knew he was being asked of God. So he answered in the faith that God could do amazing things in his life. If God asked us what we wanted from Him how would we answer? Would our answer be big in faith, or would we refrain, worried that a denial would weaken our belief.
In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul included this prayer for spiritual strength in us. Do we have the courage to claim it from God? When God asks us what He can do for us, do we have the faith to Go big. Let’s go big. Let’s know that God has a purpose for our lives that makes our destiny great. Let’s understand that our destiny can only be as great as our request. No one accidentally created a anything great. No, they made it a purpose in their lives. God has a purpose for our lives, but like Elisha, we have to make the request. Will we go big?
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” – Ephesians 3:14-21
God bless you,